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Man gets life for shooting new wife three times in the chest for insurance money

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For $150,000 an elderly Fairburn man shot his new wife three times in the chest and left her to die. Amazingly, the woman managed to drive to a gas station for help. But she died a short time later.

On Tuesday, Mr. Paul Mattei, 67, was und guilty of several charges including felony murder, aggravated assault and insurance fraud in the death of Mrs. Angela Williams, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

He was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years.

Prosecutors said on June 30, 2011, the badly wounded victim drove herself to a Senoia Road gas station in Fairburn and told a customer pumping gas that she had been shot.

Emergency crews transported her to Atlanta Medical Center where she died a short time later, the district attorney’s spokeswoman Ms. Yvette Jones said.

“She had been shot three times in the chest,” Ms. Jones said. “The driver’s side window of the victim’s car was shattered.”

Detectives searched the area and discovered shattered glass and drops of blood in the parking lot of an industrial complex a short distance away.

The day after Ms. Williams was killed, detectives questioned Mr. Mattei. The couple had been married for only two months.

Mr. Mattei told police he and his wife lived in separate locations and that he had not spoken with her in several days.

“Mattei said he was told there was an accident involving his wife but oddly never inquired about Ms. Williams’ condition,” Ms. Jones said.

Investigators said on the night of the victim’s death, her husband researched information online about obtaining a payment from his insurance company. Approximately six weeks after her murder, he called the insurer and inquired about filing a claim to collect $150,000, prosecutors said.

He was arrested a few days later.

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